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13-year-old girl saves dad's life

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Glen Simmonds' 13-year-old daughter, Shardae, saved his life by using CPR when he was having a heart attack. Glen Simmonds' 13-year-old daughter, Shardae, saved his life by using CPR when he was having a heart attack.
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -

A Powder Springs girl is being credited with saving her father's life after he suffered a massive heart attack.  Thanks to CPR training, Shardae Simmonds learned three years ago, she knew what to do when her dad needed her most.  

Glen Simmonds told FOX 5 that when his little girl was born 13 years ago, he had no idea she would someday save his life.  Shardae was 10 when she took a CPR course at her elementary school.  

"I thought all those people that die because no one's able to do CPR-- I thought it would come in handy one of these days when I  was older," Shardae told FOX 5.

It did, but she never thought it would be her dad she'd be saving.  On the morning of February15, Shardae's mom told her that her dad had passed out in their bedroom, and he wasn't breathing.  Shardae jumped into action, calling 911 and then rushing to her dad's side to start CPR on him.

Glen Simmonds suffered a major heart attack.  

"It was a situation where seconds counted, and if I had not received help immediately from my daughter and my wife, I wouldn't be here," he said.  

Shardae was able to keep her father alive until Puckett EMS and Cobb County firefighters arrived.  

"The things that she learned, she had an advantage in this case," said Cobb Co. Fire spokesperson Mike Parrish.  "We are grateful for her."

Through it all, Shardae stayed calm, but her mind was racing.

"I was thinking everything's going to be fine, but my mind was thinking what it would be like without my father," she said.  "I'm just happy that he is here with me."

Glen Simmonds says he's thankful to be alive, and very grateful to his daughter.  

"I always knew that I was important to her, in her life, that she loved me-- but just to hear her talk,  what was going through her mind, it's really, really touching and makes me love her even more," he said.  

Shardae was honored by the mayor of Sandy Springs and the staff and her classmates at Tapp Middle School for her heroic efforts.

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